Mind's Eye leads home a one-two for de Bromhead

July 18, 2020

Henry de Bromhead ran four in the Bet With MansionBet Handicap Chase and after the last he knew he was going to collect first prize as two of his quartet fought out the finish. 

Topweight Mind’s Eye (14/1), with his impost reduced by Hugh Morgan’s 7lbs claim, just held on by a diminishing short head from Riviera Sun. 

Reach Up was back in third, with another de Bromhead inmate, Visioman, sent off the 3/1 favourite, coming home in seventh place.

It was a first victory since October 2018 for the Gigginstown-owned gelding by Stowaway, who now has two chase wins to go with two successes over hurdles. 

The absent de Bromhead has now won this corresponding event three times in a row and had the winner in good shape on his first run since February, and first chase start since last November.

Tonk times it well for Morgan

July 12, 2020

The Wonky Tonk timed it well in the opener at Roscommon as he got his head in front on the line to claim the Adare Manor Opportunity Maiden Hurdle.

Henry de Bromhead's charge still had plenty to do early in the straight but answered every call from Hugh Morgan.

The 2/1 favourite came to press front-runner Lauderdale Lady on the run-in and had his head in front at the post to record a head victory.

“He was good. They went a fair gallop, I was just trying to keep tabs on them and he did his best work up the straight,” said Morgan.

“Even three from home he still had a good bit of ground to make up but he just started rolling. I kept at him hands and heels as that was working with him.

“He got up well at the line and you'd like to think he'll get a bit further. He was only doing his best work late on.”

De Bromhead and Blackmore Top the Lot

July 07, 2020

Trainer Henry De Bromhead and jockey Rachael Blackmore have made an excellent start to the new jumps season and both combined to win the Hibernia Steel Products (Mares) Maiden Hurdle at Bellewstown today with She Tops The Lot (7/4 second-favourite).

The daughter of Yeats today made all for a three and a half lengths win over 11/8f Trevena to provide Dr Bromhead with a seventh jumps win since the resumption of national hunt racing on June 22.

Blackmore, riding her fifth jumps winner in that time, later reported “she had a good run the last day. She was disappointing in her point-to-points and her first run for Henry was on soft ground.

“Maybe just hitting the nicer ground this summer has helped her. She's progressed again from her first run and hopefully she'll stay going the right direction now.”

Both De Bromhead and Blackmore now lead their respective Championships.

Tune The Chello wins Killarney's opener

July 06, 2020

Tune The Chello, under Robbie Power, justified 5/4 favouritism when winning the Kelly Farm Modernisation Ltd Mares Maiden Hurdle at Killarney today, scoring a 10th winner since the resumption of racing for trainer Henry De Bromhead.

The daughter of Ask was placed on both her latest maiden hurdle starts last January and today reappeared when making all to eventually beat off the challenge of Mystery Stowaway by two and three parts of a length.

De Bromhead wasn't present and afterwards Gold Cup winner Power reported “she is real honest and genuine and stays really well but isn't slow either.

“I rode her on her first hurdles run and I didn't think she was that slow but she stays well. We went a nice even gallop and she quickened up well in the straight.

“She handles soft ground so every bit of rain helped and she has plenty options now.”

Minaun give de Bromhead first Group winner

July 04, 2020

Usually run at the Curragh, the Marble Hill Stakes (Group 3) took place at Cork and Minaun (7/1) landed the prize to give trainer Henry de Bromhead his first Group winner on the Flat.

Second over a furlong further on her debut at Leopardstown, she was always handy and took over the lead two furlongs out from Arctician.

The latter didn’t lie down, and the pair had a good tussle with Minaun coming out on top by a neck.

The 4/9 favourite Military Style came off the bridle at halfway and could only keep on at the same pace back in third.

A half-sister to two winners, the winner was acquired for E8,000 at Goffs last autumn.

It was a quick double for Chris Hayes after Miss Amulet in the first, and the jockey also had a brace of winners yesterday at Naas.

Winning trainer Henry de Bromhead said: "I'm delighted with her, we've always really liked her and she is a lovely filly. Cormac Farrell recommended her for us back in March.

"I'm delighted for her owner Steve McCarthy and it is his and my first Group winner on the flat; he previously had Aerclub with us and we replaced him with this lady and she looks an able deputy.

"Hopefully she will keep progressing and Chris (Hayes) really liked her. She will definitely stay further and is from a really good Loder family.

"She has a Moyglare entry and is growing and maturing all the time so we won't be in a mad panic anywhere."

Bold Enough off the mark over Hurdles

June 30, 2020

Henry de Bromhead has enjoyed plenty of success Flat and jumps since racing resumed and 6/4 favourite Bold Enough was another winner for the Knockeen, Co.Waterford handler in the MansionBet It’s Not Rocket Science Maiden Hurdle.

Always handy under Rachael Blackmore, the five-year-old was strongly pressed by Hesamanofhisword from the third-last flight, but he jumped the second-last well and drew away from that point for a four length success.

The ease in the ground was never going to trouble the son of Jeremy, second to the highly-regarded Ballyadam in a point-to-point, and fourth in his first run over hurdles behind subsequent Grade 1 winner and Supreme fourth Asterion Forlonge at Naas in January.

Winning trainer Henry de Bromhead said: "We said after his last run that we would put him away and wait for the new novice season, but we didn't think it would be this long!

"I'm delighted to get him going and he had to do it the hard way as it looked he was taken on for the whole race.

Blackmore & de Bromhead double up with Rose

June 21, 2020

Email Rose battled back gamely to get his head in front again close home and land the geldings maiden hurdle at Roscommon this afternoon, giving Henry de Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore a double on the card.

The eventual winner had jumped into the lead two from home but was soon tackled by Onlyhuman in the two-mile contest.

There was nothing between the pair over the last but Onlyhuman looked to be getting the better of things on the run-in when edging ahead.

Rachael Blackmore conjured another effort from Email Rose, however, as the 11/8 favourite stuck his head out close home to secure a neck success.

The French-bred, a €150,000 purchase as a store, had been runner-up twice last season.

Blackmore said:- "He battled back really well there. He was knocking on the door last season but also disappointed a few days.

“We thought he was a better horse than that but he has got his head in front today."

Girl too good for rivals in Roscommon opener

June 23, 2020

It proved plain sailing for Telmesomethinggirl in the opener at Roscommon as the even-money shot made all to open her 'track' account.

The Stowaway mare had cost £150,000 after winning a point-to-point in February 2019 and was placed once from three starts over hurdles last season.

She made no mistake today, bouncing out in front under Rachael Blackmore, and easily disposing of her rivals.

Henry de Bromhead's charge had the others in trouble turning for home and asserted from the second last.

Blackmore only had to shake up her mount on the run-in to post an easy 12 length victory over Moll Dote.

The winning rider:- "We always thought a lot of her at home and things went right for us today, she is a lovely mare going forward. The ground is lovely out there."

Train Hill powers home in Bumper

June 21, 2020

There was plenty of talk about Gordon Elliott's Jawbox in the concluding bumper at Limerick but he was cut down by Henry de Bromhead's Train Hill.

Punters sent Jawbox off the 11/10 favourite and he got a dream run up the inner to assume the lead two furlongs out.

Jamie Codd sent him about his business along the rail and the pair looked to be in charge.

Train Hill was starting to motor on the outside, however, and was ridden by David Roche to chase Jawbox down in the final furlong.

Jawbox stuck to his task but Train Hill really knuckled down and grabbed him in the closing stages to score by a length and a quarter at 9/1. There was plenty of money around for him as he opened at 16s.

Blackpoint picked up third-place money at 12/1 a further five and a half lengths adrift.

David Roche said: "My father (John) bred him and broke him and did the whole lot with him. For him to win, for mum (Ann) and dad, is brilliant.

"He's grand but he'll improve a good bit for it too."

Regarding a possible future sale, he added: "I'd take watch and all!

"He is really good to jump; I was going to run him in a point-to-point in the spring and he'd go on most grounds, but doesn't want really heavy stuff."

Cliff hangs on to hold house

June 16, 2020

Hurricane Cliff held the late charge of newcomer Great House to land the first division of the nine-furlong maiden at Gowran this afternoon.

Henry de Bromhead's charge looked to have the race in the bag having hit the front two furlongs out and stretched clear passing the furlong marker.

Billy Lee's mount kept up his gallop to the line but was pressed close home by the well-backed Great House (10/11f) as he started to motor late on to get within a half a length.

The winner had also attracted support, from 5/1 into 10/3. The Canford Cliffs gelding was making his first outing since finishing second at Limerick just over a year ago.

De Bromhead said:- “He’d a lovely run last year but unfortunately he got hurt after that. He’s come back and has been working really well. 

 

“We were hoping to see that today and I’m delighted for the syndicate which is headed up by Angus Potterton from Savills. It’s nice to see him get something back after all his sponsorship. 

 

“I stuck him in the Nasrullah (Handicap) this morning so we’ll see what mark he gets. He’s a big scopey horse and I bought him from Hugh Bleahen as a yearling. 

 

“We’ll keep him on the Flat for the moment. He also worked nicely in a schooling hurdle earlier in the year.”

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